Rent The Station Agent (2003)

3.9 of 5 from 466 ratings
1h 29min
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Fin McBride (Peter Dinklage), a loner with a passion for trains, inherits an abandoned train depot in the middle of nowhere, a place that suits him just fine because all he wants is to be left alone. But that is not to be. Soon after moving in, he meets Olivia, a distracted artist, and Joe (Bobby Cannavale), a friendly Cuban with an insatiable hunger for conversation who parks his hot dog truck right next door. With absolutely nothing in common, they find their isolated lives coming together in a friendship none of them could foresee.
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Thomas McCarthy
Tom Mccarthy
Comedy, Drama

2004 BAFTA Best Original Screen Play

2003 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Dramatic

2003 Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting award

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Run Time:
89 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English Hard of Hearing, Italian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Feature commentary with director Thomas McCarthy
  • 5 Deleted scenes

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Reviews (12) of The Station Agent

Original and unforgettable - The Station Agent review by CP Customer

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The Station Agent revolves around the character of Fin McBride, (Peter Dinklage), who as a dwarf, is constantly reminded in malicious ways of his short stature. Fin's world comes crashing around him when his only friend and employer suddenly dies. Although out of a job, his late friend leaves him a small disused rail road station in the sleepy town of Newfoundland New Jersey. Fin moves to the remote location to seek solitude, to mourn and to adapt to his new life. However, as Fin arrives he is constantly followed by the talkative and good willed Joe, the scatterbrained Olivia, and the young girl Cleo. In the company of these people Fin drops his emotional guard and opens up to the pleasure of living, but as Fin discovers, as well as enriching your life, friendships can complicate it too. The simple way the story flows is extremely clever, as it only tells the viewer what is needed to know, yet enhances each scene as it offers things to think about. Beautifully written, directed, and acted, The Station Agent is one of those rare films that is deserving of a perfect 10/10 score. If you enjoy gentle paced, low key, character based indie movies, then it doesn't get much better than this.

11 out of 13 members found this review helpful.

Don't miss it - The Station Agent review by CP Customer

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Just one of those great little films where nothing much happens but you enjoy every minute because it's so well crafted

7 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Quirky and heart warming - The Station Agent review by CP Customer

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This is a film which grows on you. It's unhurried in pace, and the humour is subtler than most of us are used to in American cinema. But it's about real people, and we get to like them as we see more of them. Because we like them, we want a happy ending.

Definitely recommended.

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

A brilliant but simple little film - The Station Agent review by blackrocket2000

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One of my Top Ten ever films! So simple, but so well crafted. Have watched many times, and it is still engaging. Especially great for anyone who likes to take time out to be alone. You don't have to like trains, to enjoy this. It is funny, sad and true to life. Sit back and enjoy.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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